Fishponds man Jaspal Khela, 45, jailed for kitchen knife attack on girlfriend
A FISHPONDS man who plunged a kitchen knife into his girlfriend's back has been jailed for five years.
Jaspal Khela, a 45-year-old with a history of domestic violence, was drunk when he stabbed Emily Spink, puncturing her lung, Bristol Crown Court heard. The court was told he had been serving a suspended jail term for an assault on former partner Sharon Bundy.
Khela, of Fishponds Road, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause Ms Spink grievous bodily harm in November last year.
Judge Roderick Denyer QC told him: "You stabbed the woman with whom you were living at the time.
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"This was a serious stabbing, a stab to the back with a kitchen knife."
The judge ordered the destruction of the knife used and told Khela to pay a £120 victim surcharge.
Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said Khela temporarily moved in with Ms Spink, who said his cannabis and alcohol use made him "manic".
The court heard that in November last year the pair had an argument, culminating in Khela throwing a glass of cider over Ms Spink's head and her throwing cider over him.
Miss McCarthy said: "She turned her back on him to face the fridge.
"She felt a hard punch to the right side of her back. She touched her back and she felt it was bleeding. She realised she had been stabbed."
Miss McCarthy said Khela had picked up a kitchen knife with a 20cm long blade to stab Ms Spink.
Miss McCarthy told the court: "She vomited, she shouted that she needed an ambulance and she tried to drag herself to the phone. She was unable to do so. It seemed a long time before he called an ambulance."
The judge heard how Khela made an emergency call and said his girlfriend had "made him mad" and he put a knife through her lung.
Ms Spink received five stitches to a wound, suffered an infection and was hospitalised for ten days.
When Khela was arrested he said he was guilty, that he had stabbed her and that she had "glassed" him. He made a no comment interview.
Farah Rashid, defending, said her client immediately admitted the stabbing, stayed at the scene and told police where the knife was.
She said: "He is full of remorse. He knows what he has done.
"He knows he is going to face a lengthy prison sentence."
Miss Rashid added: "It was wrong and clearly he accepts that.
"He is an educated man. He has unfortunately lost his way. He needs to leave the alcohol alone."